Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Easy Crochet Slipper Pattern

*Pattern at bottom of post

This past weekend I decided to make some slipper socks that are really easy to crochet. I made pairs last year for my mom, sister, husband, and myself. I've decided to make more to just have at our door so that visitors can put them on in the winter months. I was inspired by a few things on Friday...
  1. I realized that Evee didn't have a pair and wanted at least one pair for her
  2. I saw this post from SouleMama with the basket of slippers and, even though I don't think this is what they do, I was inspired
  3. I remembered that this was something that I found interesting about some homes in Bosnia (Clint went a couple of years ago), where they have a basket of slippers by the door
  4. It's getting to be chilly and will only get colder in the months ahead

Here's the first of many...

First one done

And modeled :)

Both done and modeled for you from a warm, happy girl!

So, I'll let you know when the "basketfull" is complete. I'm currently on pair #4. For those of you who want to crochet this simple slipper/sock, I put the crochet pattern in pdf format and am happy to send it to you if you want it.  I can't figure out if there is way to attach it as a pdf to this post.  I've decided that I will add it below since enough people tend to find this post from google searches.  Disclaimer...I am not a pattern writer (at this point anyway :)).  So, read the pattern with grace.  But, feel free to ask questions.

Again, they are REALLY easy to make. Also, if you don't know how to crochet, I have a pdf of crochet basics that I could pass along (same thing, just e-mail and I'll get it to you!).

Tube slipper/socks

For thinner slipper/socks use any kind of 4 ply yarn.  See notes at bottom for thicker slippers and for different sizes. 

  • Women’s slipper/socks size 7-10
  • One 7 ounce ball of yarn will be plenty
  • Tapestry or yarn needle to sew up toe side of slipper/sock
  • Size I/9 hook (5.50 MM)
  • 10 st = 3 inches


Chain 30 – chain them loosely as this will need to get over the heel when putting the slippers on
Sl St into first ch
Row 1 – sc in each chain
Row 2-40 – sc in each sc
Note: If you are using a softer/thinner yarn you will want to sc for 45 rows and then go on to next part in the pattern
Row 40 – sl st in first 3 stitches, sc in the next 12 st, sl st in next 3, sc in the next 12
Row 41 – sl st in first 3 stitches, sc in the next 12 st, sl st in next 3, sc in the next 11
Row 42-45 – sl st in next 5 stitches, sc in next 10 stitches, sl st the next 5 stitches, sc in     next 10 stitches

You should have a tube at the end, with one end starting to narrow (rows 40-45). 
Cut yarn leaving 20 inches to sew with.
Sew up the end that you were just working at.
Turn inside out and you have your slipper!
If you feel that the ankle is too wide, I sometimes sew a ribbon in through the stitches in row 3 and then tie into a bow.

Additional notes on different yarn and sizes
  • For thicker slippers, use yarn similar to Wool-Ease: thick & quick.  These will come out more like slippers and will crochet faster because of the thickness of the yarn.  You will not need to chain as many to start (just gauge it by the foot – I chain about 25 for a man’s foot).  Use a larger hook size (like K, L, M or N) for the thicker yarn as well.  You will not need to do as many rows either.
  • The pattern is for a woman’s foot size 8-10 and it comes up the ankle about an inch or two.  If you want to, just gauge how many rows you do according to the foot size and how far you want it to come up the ankle.  Just make sure you do the last 5 rows (rows 40-45 in the pattern) no matter how many rows you end up with so that the toe does not come out boxy.